Nicola Rochon Paralegal

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Contact Details

Nicola Rochon is a Paralegal in our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Southampton. 

Main areas of practice 

Nicola assists the team on a wide range of intellectual property disputes including trade mark, passing off, design right, copyright and domain name disputes. Nicola also has experience in the filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, watch services and the preparation of cease and desist letters.

In addition to her role in the intellectual property team, Nicola has experience in construction, contractual and professional negligence disputes for insured high net worth individuals and businesses.

Significant experience

Preparation of evidence of acquired distinctiveness in support of a UK trade mark Application that had been rejected as being descriptive and/or otherwise lacking in distinctive character. The preparation of extensive evidence resulted in the application proceeding to publication.

  • Preparation and filing of trade mark applications and oppositions.
  • Acting in claims against architects and contractors in relation to substandard construction works.
  • Organising and attending Mediations regarding contractor's breach of contract and negligence.

Expertise

Nicola’s Blog

Sharing photos online – the risks of Copyright Infringement

Could sharing other people's photos on social media amount to copyright infringement? Our expert has put together a few tips so you can avoid being in a position where you are being accused of copyright infringement.

Night club owner faces prison sentence due to ongoing Copyright Infringement

A night club owner has been sentenced to three months imprisonment on a suspended sentence, in addition to payment of £5,177 damages to the claimant and £17,000 in costs, for playing sound recordings in public without a licence in contempt of court.

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High Court's decision on nightclub manager's personal liability for copyright infringement

In October this year the High Court found the designated premises supervisor of a nightclub in Essex personally liable for authorising and procuring acts infringing copyright as a result of the unlicensed playing of sound recordings.

Articles by Nicola

The importance of copyright licences

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A Copyright licence is required to show copyrighted material such as films and TV programmes in public. Make sure your company is covered by the correct licence to avoid costly legal proceedings.

EU Trade Mark Regulations: Changes to the interpretation of EU Trade Mark specifications

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A change will be implemented in relation to the EUIPO's interpretation of descriptions of goods and services.

Trade Mark Oppositions - Survival of the fittest

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In April 2014, Fitness Initiative Limited applied to register the mark mefit in class 35.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Court rules are (not) made to be broken

The Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" defamation case in 2013 was well known for the political furore. Within legal circles, the case was a stark example of the court losing patience with people, and their lawyers, ignoring the rules.

Dog fight over Zuma trademark

This case involved the use of the word ZUMA as a company name.

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill slips through the election net

The Act amends the current groundless threats provisions in legislation relating to patents, UK trade marks, EU trade marks, UK registered designs, UK design rights and Community designs.

Recovering outstanding berthing fees – a guide for marinas and boatyards

Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.

Guide to Defamation claims

Blake Morgan's complete guide to Defamation claims - what you should know when thinking of bringing a claim of reputation damage.

Guide to IP Services

The complete guide to Intellectual Property Services that Blake Morgan can provide.